Practicality says I don't need 12 or more vintage quilts. Surely 6 and a bit will do ? Bravely, I started going through the stack of them to decide which should go. It is a difficult task--they are all lovely and unique vintage pieces. I had started collecting them when I moved to Australia, maybe 2 years after coming here, most obtained online (mostly on eBay). They are mostly 1920s - 1940s era American patchworks, all with hand quilting and many also hand pieced. In fact, I used to have many more. In the course of finding ones I really was after, there were a few extras or not-quite-what-I-was-after that got acquired. So a couple years ago I let some of the least favorites go, selling them online. But I still had over a dozen that came with us on our interstate move.
|Rising Sun quilt, ca 1930s,|
pattern by Hubert ver Mehren
How to choose which to keep and which not ? I decided I would keep ones we would use and let others go. This produced a small pile of 4 or 5 that should go. I did a photo shoot of them, hanging each in sunshine on the clothes line, measuring them, and preparing to write a lovely story on each for its online auction. I wanted to research and pin down the age of one, as I recalled it was made from a 1930s pattern and I believed it was made in that era. But I wanted to find the original reference to confirm that, as such info would be good for the auction storyline.
|close up of Rising Sun quilt|
|Ocean Waves quilt, ca 1930s|
|detail of Ocean Waves yellow, reds, and pinks quilt|
|Close up of Multi colour Pinwheel quilt|
|Multi colour Pinwheel quilt, ca 1940s|
So, my decluttering effort has only be partially successful this week. But I am happy with the ones going and the ones staying. Though even the ones going give me a twinge. I hope their new home and owner like them as much as I do. Meanwhile, I am looking for other decluttering "targets". I want to keep this small collection of amazing quilts.